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All You Need To Know About Glass Vial Basics

Vials made from glass hold value considerable in numerous industries are often crucial to their core operations. An example of the industries that depend on these are medical to pharmaceutical, cosmetics, homeopathy, aromatherapy and naturopathy.

These vials are designed quite efficiently and come with some high performance features that allow them to store and secure liquids and solids for specific time frames.

There are a few types of glass vials that are divided on the basis of features, benefits, types etc.

Materials & Benefits

The vials are manufactured using two types of glasses, hydrolytic Class 1 and borosilicate. Aside from that, the amber variation is created with the purpose of offering top notch protection and maintaining integrity of the vials contents, even if they are extra sensitive.

This quality is found in amber vials in general and is not specific to a particular industry. As far the benefits go, the vials are designed to be incredibly durable and resistant to chemical erosion and degradation and come with internally sealed caps. Aside from that, manufacturers and suppliers also focus on the bar coding ranges and formats that suit customer requirements.


If categorized on the basis of design, there are mainly three types of vials. Borosilicate, molded and tube type. It depends on the design of the mouth. It could be wide, standard or crimped. It also categorized on the application of the bottle. Their categorization on the basis of application depends on the industrial and usage context and can be stated as amber, chemistry, medication, shell, perfume sample, sterile, prescription, sterile, small, serum type and much more


Plastic vials are the current industry standard and compared to them, Amber vials are more in demand and are considered to be more effective when used for the safe storage of both liquid and dry materials. Amber vials are also known for their quality of safely storing light sensitive liquids such as aromatic oil or other essential oils.

Clear glass vials are also another type of vial that is in high demand with the pharmaceutical, cosmetic and scientific industries. Pharmaceutical tubular glass vials, are particularly in demand.

Their ability to resist dust particles and other impurities and being able to maintain the temperature of their contents is the reason why recent medications and other relevant items have long shelf lives.

Glass vials also hold significant advantages over plastic vials. Glass as a material has a purity of structure. That means that it doesn’t react to its contents. This quality is absent in most products that are made using plastic, even outside of the pharmaceutical and other similar industries.

The thickness of the glass vials can also be adjusted according to the requirement. Plastic doesn’t possess that level of flexibility. Some medicines or chemicals are only stored in glass vials because of this. This is also another reason why glass is the dominant material in the beverage industry. Glass is also recyclable and the best thing is that it doesn’t even loose its purity or quality.


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Published 26-Jul-2018